Frederick William Gaisberg

Frederick William Gaisberg (1 January 1873 – 2 September 1951) was an American musician, recording engineer and one of the earliest classical music producers for the gramophone. He himself did not use the term 'producer', and was not an impresario like his protégé Walter Legge of EMI or an innovator like John Culshaw of Decca. Gaisberg concentrated on talent-scouting and persuading performers to make recordings for the newly invented Gramophone.

Gaisberg began working in the recording industry in America as a young man, becoming a pioneer of early recording, and also worked as piano accompanist for the Berliner Gram-O-Phone Company, the inventors of the practical lateral-groove disc and associated playback apparatus, the Berliner Gramophone. In 1898, he joined the Gramophone Company in England as its first recording engineer. In 1902, he recorded music sung by the tenor Enrico Caruso and the recordings became a sensation. By 1921, Gaisberg was artistic director of HMV's 'international artistes' department. After 1925, he concentrated on artist management. In 1939, he retired from his position but continued as a consultant in the industry through the 1940s.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1873 (Washington, D.C.), Died September 2nd, 1951 (Hampstead)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1892 - 1920

Roles Represented in DAHR: recordist, composer, piano

Recordings (Results 176-200 of 1207 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 1155c 12-in. April 1907 Aghibtou li saai el Dahr Cheikh Youssef El Manialawi Male vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 1170½c 12-in. approximately May 1907 Cessarô, i canti alfin Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1171c 12-in. May 1907 Mai devi domandarmi Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1172c 12-in. approximately May 1907 Mia madre vedo ancor Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1173c 12-in. approximately May 1907 Dammi ancor Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1174c 12-in. approximately May 1907 Cigno gentil Fernando De Lucia Tenor vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1178c 12-in. approximately May 1907 Miserere Clara Joanna ; Antonio Paoli Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with chorus and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1182c 12-in. approximately Aug. 1907 Di quella pira Antonio Paoli ; Teatro alla Scala Coro Tenor vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1184c 12-in. approximately Aug. 1907 O paradiso Antonio Paoli Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1185c 12-in. 1907 Addio alla madre Gennaro De Tura Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1186c 12-in. approximately May 1907 Ché finger tanto Francesco Cigada ; Antonio Paoli Vocal duet (tenor and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1187c 12-in. approximately May 1907 Troncar suoi dì Francesco Cigada ; Antonio Paoli ; Aristodemo Sillich Vocal trio (tenor, baritone, and bass), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1190c 12-in. 1907 Canzone boema Ines Salvador Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1198c 12-in. 1907 Pronta io son Ernesto Badini ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1204½c 12-in. approximately Aug. 1907 Mia tu sei Francesco Cigada ; Josephina Huguet ; Antonio Paoli ; Ines Salvador Vocal quartet (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1204½c 12-in. 1907 Mia tu sei Francesco Cigada ; Josephina Huguet ; Antonio Paoli ; Ines Salvador Vocal quartet (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1211½c 12-in. ca. June 1907 No, Pagliaccio, non son Antonio Paoli Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1212c 12-in. June 1907 Coro delle campane Teatro alla Scala Coro ; Teatro alla Scala Orchestra Chorus and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1215½c 12-in. ca. June 1907 Un grande spettacolo Francesco Cigada ; Antonio Paoli ; Gaetano Pini-Corsi ; Giuseppe Rosci Vocal quartet (2 tenors and 2 baritones), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1216c 12-in. ca. June 1907 Un tal gioco Antonio Paoli Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1220c 12-in. June 1907 Nulla scordai Ernesto Badini ; Francesco Cigada ; Josephina Huguet Vocal trio (soprano and 2 baritones), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1221c 12-in. June 1907 So ben che difforme Francesco Cigada ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and baritone) with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1222½c 12-in. June 1907 La commedia Josephina Huguet ; Gaetano Pini-Corsi Vocal duet (soprano and tenor) with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1225c 12-in. June 1907 Che volo d'angelli Josephina Huguet Female vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1229c 12-in. June 1907 La commedia Francesco Cigada ; Josephina Huguet ; Gaetano Pini-Corsi Vocal trio (soprano, tenor, and bass), with orchestra recordist  
(Results 176-200 of 1207 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gaisberg, Frederick William," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.

Gaisberg, Frederick William. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.

"Gaisberg, Frederick William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 February 2021.

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